A joint report of five UN specialized agencies warns that more than 122 million people have joined the global hungry population since 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic and various weather-related disturbances and conflicts, such as the war between Russia and Ukraine, have contributed to this situation. The report entitled “The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World (SOFI)” reveals that the goal of ending hunger by 2030, set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will be elusive if current trends persist.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Food Program (WFP) and the United Nations Fund United Nations for Children (UNICEF) They warn about the need for greater food production due to this increase in the hungry population. This situation represents an opportunity for countries that produce raw materials, such as Argentina.

The report highlights that Between 691 and 783 million people suffered from hunger in 2022, which represents an increase of 122 million people compared to 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. Although global numbers have remained stable overall, there is a significant increase in hunger in Western Asia, the Caribbean and all sub-regions of Africa. Africa continues to be the most affected region, where one in five people suffer from hunger, more than twice the world average.

United Nations representatives they stressed the need for an immediate global effort to address this crisis and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. They stressed the importance of building resilience in the face of shocks and shocks that cause food insecurity, such as conflict and climate change.

Meeting the Zero Hunger goal by 2030 is a daunting challenge, according to UN agencies. SIt is estimated that almost 600 million people will continue to suffer from hunger in 2030. Given this reality, it is necessary to redouble efforts to transform agri-food systems and achieve the goals established in the SDGs.

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